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  1. Disaster Strikes! But the Daves carry on...

      If you've been keeping up with our blog or some of our Twitter news, you'll know that this is the week of the big fundraising event - our very own Dave M, and friend Dave B, set off from London on Saturday on their cycle back to Edinburgh in aid of two fantastic charities: Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres and the Lothian Autistic Society . Three days in and everything was going smoothly - They were making good time and not feeling too weary from their efforts...   But as they neared Sheffield, they hit a bump - or rather, a tram line - in the road, and disaster struck when...

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  2. Training continues...

    Only a couple of weeks until the guys set off on their cycle, so time for a quick training update, but instead of writing too much about it this time, we though we'd let the pictures do the talking... In a change to their normal training this weekend, the boys'll be cycling at the Gyle shopping centre, Edinburgh.  Come along on Sunday and show your support! Or donate online for Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres and the Lothian Autistic Society ....

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  3. Adelaide Flower Market

    For one of our team, this week has seen a short, impromptu and pretty much whirlwind trip to Adelaide, for family reasons. While there, he simply couldn't resist a visit to the local flower market, so we thought we'd share the experience - and a couple of pictures - with you.  Those of you who have been to Aalsmeer or Westland will see from the pictures that this visit to Adelaide Flower Market has certainly been different to our visits to these other markets in recent months.   What was probably most striking about this market was the personal service from knowledgeable wholesalers...

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  4. Charity Cycle Training Update

    Time for an update on how the training's going for the London to Edinburgh charity cycle. And, after much pestering, I've got my hands on some new photos to share with you all, so have a look for yourselves and see how the lads have been getting on... Since training began in January, every Sunday has seen a training session with the distance steadily increasing, and they're always looking for new ways to challenge themselves by changing up the route and finding harder climbs. Additional training in the week has been harder to organise, trying to fit it in around other commitments of...

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  5. London to Edinburgh Charity Cycle

                                                                              To raise 10,000 for Maggie?s Cancer Caring Centres and Lothian Autistic Society , Dave Baxter...

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  6. A monthly view of this years top flower shows around the UK:

    If,  like the team here at Clare Florist ,  you have an interest in flowers ;  be it as a florist,  keen gardener,  grower,  or someone who simply enjoys the beauty of flora then it would not have escaped your notice that every year the UK proudly hosts a multitude of wonderful flower related events and garden and flower shows.  From small locally run garden fetes and shows,  regional garden and flower shows right up to the world renowned RHS Chelsea Flower Show. I thought this a good opportunity (it being the beginning of a new year) to list some...

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  7. Fun on the Fringe

    Despite its unpredictable weather, I reckon my home town, Edinburgh, is one of the best places to spend summer. Certainly many thousands of tourists seem to agree, as they flock to the small capital every year for the delights of Edinburgh?s various summer festivals: the International Film Festival , the Fringe Festival and the International Festival , among the best-known. The streets are a-buzz with performers in all manner of amusing dress, venue tents and beet gardens appear in the parks and there?s always a huge choice of different shows from around the world: music, theatre, dance, comedy...

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  8. Holidays with a difference

    Having lots of work on always makes me daydream of holidays and while I was indulging in such dreams with a little internet research I discovered that the Wildlife Trust runs some lovely sounding flower-themed holidays. Their ? alpine flowers and photography ? holiday experience takes place in the Valle d'Aosta, in the Italian Alps from the 20th?27th of July. Daily excursions involve easy walks to natural meadows and rockgardens where, among other flowers, wild gentians, pulsatillas and soldanellascan be seen. Other recent and upcoming wildflower holidays include: ? flowers and history ? in The...

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  9. The Land of the Living Flowers...and the Rising Sun

    I just came across a rather interesting exibition which is currently on at the British Museum - seven different Japanese flower arrangements are to be displayed over seven weeks, a perfect chance to have a taste of the fascinating art of Ikebana! For those who have never heard of Ikebana, literally meaning living flowers, it refers to the the Japanese art of flower arrangement. In contrast to Western flower arrangement styles, Ikebana puts emphasis on assymetries, and makes use of empty space and elegant lines to accentuate the beauty of their floral design. With a Buddhist origin, Ikebana aims...

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